Cape Plastic Bottle Ban


Our Goal

The Cape Plastic Bottle Ban is an educational and citizen advocacy initiative focused on raising awareness of the environmental and human impact of plastic bottle consumption. We are currently focused on eliminating non-emergency plastic bottle purchase, sale, and distribution by town governments and on town property across all towns in Barnstable County, Cape Cod.

The rationale for our municipal ban rests on the assumption that government is established to protect the welfare of the people it governs. Plastic bottles are made from non-renewable fuels, leach chemicals into consumables, and never biodegrade. Plastic bottles impact environmental health and the health and longevity of other species, who may ingest plastic as food. Ultimately, plastic re-enters the human food chain where the adverse consequences are both known and emerging.

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Municipal Plastic Bottle Ban

Plastic bottles are a by-product of the fossil fuel industry; they do not biodegrade and can last forever. Their production emits toxic waste into the air, and chemicals from plastic can leach into our beverages. After plastics are discarded, they pollute the air via incineration, contaminate groundwater through landfills, as well as harm to our oceans, beaches, roadways, and wildlife. Recycling is of little help and does not eliminate or reduce our dependence on plastic.  The hazardous effects of plastics are far more costly than indicated by price. They affect our immediate and long-term well-being. 

This spring we have filed by-laws, the Municipal Plastic Bottle Ban, with nine towns: Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Harwich, Orleans, Provincetown, Sandwich, Wellfleet, and Yarmouth. The by-laws prohibit Town purchase of plastic bottled beverages and the sale of beverages in plastic containers on Town property.

Provincetown adopted the prohibition of Town purchase of plastic bottled beverages as a policy in February. The remaining Towns will vote on the Municipal Plastic Bottle Ban at upcoming meetings.


Our perspective

We receive questions related to the bottle ban and in this section we provide our perspective on issues and topics of interest